More about Me

I’ve just written my quick little ‘about me’ page which you can read here.  I thougth I’d spend a bit more time talking about myself and what brought me to the wonderful world of blogging….  after all, I suppose that’s what are blogs for!

I am very passionate about what I do and the things I make for my business and I really want to share this passion with others.  Before I turned my hobby in to a business, I started making things purely out of necessity.  Being from Canada but living in Australia, I found that a lot of things I took for granted around baby products just weren’t available.  I think we all have images in our head of what we want/ need for our babies (at least I do!) and because I couldn’t readily find them, I started making them.

One of the first things I started making were burp cloths and wash cloths.  I asked other new mums if they used these but most were just using large muslin wraps or reusable nappies thrown over their shoulders when burping their baby.  I found these took up so much space in the washing machine though and I knew had to find something smaller.  Plus there was always a drought where I lived so I tried to keep washing to a minimum (a feat in itself when you have a little one!!).

So I started making little flannel burp cloths like theseBurp ClothsWhich are the perfect size for throwing over your shoulder after feeding bubs.  They are also great to wipe up any spills.  Because they are made from flannel, they are super absorbent as well as easily washable and long lasting … all things I found very important when having a little baby!!

I also made heaps and heaps of wash cloths.  I used these ALL the time.  For the bath (of course!) but I also kept a stash in the kitchen to wipe hands and faces… and to wipe spills off the floor and the high chair and the plethora of other places food gets thrown and spilled in the process of feeding.  They are so small that you could literally fill up your washing machine with them and still have room for lots of clothes and all the other things that constantly need washing!

Wash Cloth Stack

I also loved how they are reusable.  I was really hesitant to use packaged wipes, paper towels, napkins and things like that.  I was environmentally conscious before having kids, but find I’m much more so now that they will one day inherit the planet and it’d be nice to reduce the waste!

The third baby product I wanted to make were flannel wraps. I found in Aussie there were heaps of muslin wraps which I absolutely loved, however it did still get a bit chilly in the winter and there didn’t seem to be a lot of options for warmer blankets.  I wanted something that was big enough for my growing bubs, still breathable and also warm.  So I started making these guys:

Single Flannel Wraps

There were so many gorgeous flannel fabrics available, how could I not??    As with all my products, I wanted them to be beautiful as well as functional.

I now sell these in little packs as I find they are a great starting place for new mums.  The packs include one flannelette baby wrap, one burp cloth and three wash cloths.  They are great for a new mum starting out who wants to buy something cute but still practical.  They also make a lovely baby shower gift for a new mum – whether it’s her first or fifth!

You can find the packs available in my shop here.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do 🙂

Signature name Jo-Anna


At 37 Weeks Pregnant

Today I hit 37 weeks pregnant and although I realise I can have baby at any time, I’m trying not to rush it.  I am balancing that fine line between ‘I’ve had enough of this pregnancy!’ and ‘I’m not quite ready for baby to come yet!’.  Have you been there?  I’m sure I’m not the only one.

It’s not just the few things I have left to do like finish packing my hospital bag… which in itself I see as a bit of a feat since the only clothes I can pack for myself for the hospital stay are the very few clothes that still fit me…. and other, bigger things like oh yeah the nursery isn’t quite ready yet!  It’s also the having to go through the labour part that has me a bit unsettled.  I think the hardest part about that is that I just don’t know when it’s going to happen.  And as someone who likes to have at least a bit of a plan, it’s difficult to figure out all the possible contingencies and plan for them all.  What if it happens at 3 am?  That will be just fine, my friend will pop over to watch my boys.  At noon?  Well my kids are both at school and kindy so that’s a different story.  On a weekend?  Different again.

So I sit here playing the waiting game and tell myself not to worry about the details.  I mean in the end I do know it will all work out.  I know my boys will be looked after.  I know the baby will come when ready.  I know (hope!) we will make it to the hospital on time.  It will all work out.

And if there’s one thing I’ve learned since becoming a parent, it is that there are a LOT of things we can’t control.  This is definitely one of them!   So I’ve been focusing on the things I can control, and the things that make me happy.  Like making these cute little things for baby to have at the hospital – an adorable minky and flannel blanket and 3 set of burp cloths.

Our baby blanket and burp cloths

Trying my hand at crocheting this blanket:

And decorating the nursery and making reusable breast pads and all kinds of fun things like that.  I’m sure my time could be spent on more productive things, but as always, creating beautiful things and decorating my home gives me a sense of calm and relaxes me during this otherwise nail-biting time.

I’m interested to know.. how did you get through the last few weeks of pregnancy?  What did you do to fill the time and pass the days?

calander countdown

Hello world!

Hello and welcome to my blog.  My name is Jo-Anna and I am the owner and creator behind Jo-Anna’s Attic.  I am writing this blog so that I can share my creations with you.  But more than that, I’d like to share my life experiences with you as well.  As a mom of two young boys and a third baby on the way I would love to help out other Moms who are becoming a first time (or second, third etc) parent and need a bit of help.  I remember how difficult it was in those first few days, weeks and years and I was constantly on the internet hoping to find someone just like me who could tell me it will all be all right.  If I met myself then, I wouldn’t have believed that I became so confident in parenting because back at day one, I had seriously no idea what I was doing.

I went through a lot of ups and downs, and really I started my business as ‘something for me’, an outlet when things got really bad.  I found the process of creating beautiful things really healing and soul satisfying.  As time went on I began to turn this in to something that can help contribute to our family as well.

So stick around, have a look at my pretty little creations, enjoy a recipe or two and feel some positive reinforcement for the job you are doing every day.  My goal is for all Moms to feel like we are doing a great job every day and to let go of the guilt and worry.  After all, we are all doing the best we can in every moment!